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Watch What Superintendent Haas Told 1,300 Teachers to Start the New Year

Dr. Matt Haas 2018 AddressAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas met with nearly all of the school division’s 1,300 teachers on August 14, the first time in 20 years such a meeting has taken place. Noting that the school division recently was ranked in the top two percent of all school divisions in the nation, Dr. Haas talked about the impact teachers have on the academic achievement of students.

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National Education Assessment Organization Ranks Albemarle County Public Schools Among Top Two Percent of All Public School Divisions in the U.S. & Third Best in Virginia

Top 2 PercentAlbemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) ranks among the top two percent of all public school divisions in the nation, according to the 2019 Best School Districts in America ranking by Niche, the national educational assessment organization. In Virginia, ACPS was ranked third out of 131 school divisions.

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Murray High School Becomes First Public School in Virginia Selected to Join National Consortium

Murray HighMurray High School is one of the first public schools in the nation and the first in Virginia to be selected to join a national school consortium seeking to better prepare students for lifelong success.

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New School Bus Safety Pilot Program Study Finds 89 Percent Reduction in Violations by Motorists

Bus Satefy Pilot ProgramThe frequency in which motorists illegally passed a stopped school bus declined by 89 percent in a pilot program conducted by the Albemarle County Public Schools’ transportation department in May and June. These results follow an earlier pilot program in which extended stop arms were installed on school buses in the fall of 2017.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Names Experienced Administrator as New Principal for Hollymead Elementary School

Craig DommerCraig Dommer, who has served as an administrator for six years at two Albemarle County public schools and as a member of the division’s nationally renowned instructional coaching program for three prior years, has been named principal of Hollymead Elementary School.

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Albemarle Educator is Virginia History Teacher of the Year

VA History Teacher of the YearThe Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History recently recognized Albemarle County educator Rusty Carlock as the 2018 Virginia History Teacher of the Year. Carlock teaches at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville. Carlock is an 11th-grade teacher of Virginia and United States History.

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Four Albemarle County Schools Receive a Total of Eight Shannon Foundation Grants

Shannon FoundationScottsville is one of four Albemarle County public schools that received a total of eight grants for the 2018-19 school year from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. Teachers at Baker-Butler Elementary School, Burley Middle School, and Western Albemarle High School also were awarded grants for innovative learning projects.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Completes Appointments of 14 Assistant Principals as 2018-19 School Year Begins

14 Asst Principal AppointmentsAlbemarle County Public Schools today named seven new assistant principals for six elementary and high schools in the school division. Five other assistant principals are taking on new leadership roles, and two such appointments previously were announced. In all, 14 associate or assistant principals have assumed new roles for the 2018-19 school year.

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Dr. Pam Moran Named Executive Director of Statewide Education Professional Development Consortium

Pam MoranDr. Pamela R. Moran has been named the new Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL). A statewide education organization headquartered in Palmyra, VaSCL includes a membership of more than 70 school divisions across the state. Its mission is to improve the quality of K-12 education in the state by providing high-quality professional learning to educators and by facilitating the sharing of best practices among school divisions.

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School Board Opts Not to Request a School Bond Referendum

ACPS LogoThe Albemarle County School Board has decided not to send a request to the Board of Supervisors this year for a November school bond referendum. Instead, the Board has decided to reduce its funding request in next year’s capital budget from $53 million to $5.4 million to concentrate on design work and land acquisition for three high priority projects.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Selects Experienced Administrator for Key Role as Director of Professional Learning

Jennifer SubletteJennifer Sublette, who has served in a series of increasingly responsible administrative leadership positions for Albemarle County Public Schools, has been appointed as the division’s Director of Professional Learning. Currently an assistant principal at Western Albemarle High School, Sublette will take on the planning, budgeting and operation of one of the most influential division-wide programs, one that affects the quality of instruction in schools across the county.

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Albemarle High School’s Student Services Team Receives Top Performance Excellence Award Earned by Only Two Percent of All High School Programs in the Nation

ASCA AwardAlbemarle High School’s Student Services team has earned the highest national award of excellence for the quality and effectiveness of its school counseling program.The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) said Albemarle High School’s program is the first in central Virginia to be named a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). Only two percent of the more than 36,000 public and private secondary schools throughout the country have counseling programs with RAMP status.

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Albemarle County School Board Appoints Five Principals for Elementary Schools

New PrincipalsThey came from as far away as 1,700 miles and as close as 11 miles, as the Albemarle County School Board selected five principals to lead elementary schools in the division, more than a month ahead of the division’s objective to have all principals in place by June 30.

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Head Teacher Named for Albemarle Tech as New High School Learning Facility Begins Preparing for August Debut

David GloverWork is well underway to ready Albemarle Tech, the new innovative student Center for Creativity and Invention, for its first class of students this August. Earlier this month, the use of 40,000 square feet of space at 1180 Seminole Trail, the “old Comdial Building,” was approved by the Albemarle County Planning Commission. That triggered the beginning of the transformation of the leased space into one of the most modern student-centered high school learning facilities in Virginia. Albemarle County Public Schools took another step forward this week by selecting David Glover to serve as the center’s first Head Teacher. Glover joined the school division in 2009 at Monticello High School.

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17th Annual Golden Apple Awards Honor 41 Public, Private School Teachers in City, County, for Classroom Excellence

Golden Apple 2018Teachers from 41 public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City were honored last evening at the 17th annual Golden Apple Award ceremonies held in Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building. “Whenever I am visiting a classroom, kids are eager to talk about their teachers,” said Dr. Pamela Moran, Albemarle’s Superintendent. “They talk about teachers they love and why they love them. One student put it very well,” Dr. Moran said. “He told me his teacher teaches from the heart, not just from books.”

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New Deputy and Assista​nt Superintendents, New Chief Operating Officer Named for Albemarle County Public Schools

New ACPS AppointeesEffective July 1, Debora Collins, the Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning for Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS), has been appointed as the school division’s Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Clare Keiser, currently the Director of Educator Quality in the Human Resources Department, will become Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership. And Rosalyn Schmitt, now the Director of Budget & Planning, has been appointed as the school division’s Chief Operating Officer.

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Registration Open for Summer High School

Summer High SchoolRegistration began on May 1 for student enrollment in summer high school programs in Albemarle County public schools. All programs are offered in an online format. In addition, both virtual and on-site physical education are offered. Students will be able to come to Albemarle High School’s Open Lab if necessary to have access to a computer and work with teachers. For more information and to register, visit the High School Summer Program website.

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A New, Modern Learning Experience Will Change Education for Some Albemarle County High School Seniors Beginning This August

Albemarle TechA new contemporary learning center for Albemarle County high school seniors is scheduled to open this August with the debut of Albemarle Tech, offering curriculum choices beyond what is found in traditional classrooms. Officially known as the Center for Creativity and Invention, the center will accept between 20 and 40 high school seniors from across the county. In future years, up to 150 students, including sophomores and juniors, will have the option of attending the center.

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2018 Summer Fine Arts Academy – Registration Now Open!

Fine Arts AcademyEach summer, our Fine Arts Academy provides students from our region with an opportunity to spend time studying a field of art of their choice under the direction of highly qualified and engaging teachers. Rising 7th-12th grade students are invited to register for one of five camps, all of which will take place July 9-13, 2018, at Albemarle High School. Students may choose from jazz studies, music production, drama and playwriting, visual arts, and creative writing.

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2018 Hollymead Earth Day Art Show

Earth Day Art Show 2018Take a look at Hollymead Elementary's annual Earth Day Art Show, with over 500 pieces completed by PreK-5th grade students to help raise awareness of endangered animals and raise funds for Rockfish Valley Wildlife Center and World Wildlife Fund.

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ACPS Students Earn 72 Awards at the 37th Annual Piedmont Regional Science Fair

Science FairAlbemarle County middle and high school students earned 72 awards at the 37th annual Piedmont Regional Science Fair, held earlier this month at John Paul Jones Arena. Among the award recipients were Albemarle High School junior Jee-Ho Kim as a Grand Award winner, and Grand Award runners up, Mriganka Mandal and Sophie Meyer, also Albemarle High School juniors. Overall, high school students in the school division won 14 of the 15 first-place category awards.

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Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

Kindergarten RegistrationKindergarten Registration is an opportunity for parents to receive assistance with the enrollment process, present required documentation, and learn more about our kindergarten program.

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Two Principals Appointed by Albemarle County School Board

Two New PrincipalsAlbemarle County School Board appointed principals for Sutherland Middle School and Agnor-Hurt Elementary School. Megan Wood, who has served Albemarle High School as an assistant principal since 2014 and previously worked with the Sutherland school community as an instructional coach, will become Sutherland’s next principal on July 1. Doug Granger, currently the interim principal at Agnor-Hurt, has been named school principal.

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Niche Ranks ACPS Among Top Two Percent of All Public School Divisions in the U.S. and Third Best in Virginia
Murray High School Joins National Consortium Working to Transform Education to a Mastery of Skills Model
Interim Leader Chosen for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Department of Learning Engineering, Access, and Design
New School Bus Safety Pilot Program Study Finds 89 Percent Reduction in Violations by Motorists
ACPS Names Experienced Administrator as New Principal for Hollymead Elementary School
Campers’ Exposition Celebrates Imagination and Storytelling This Friday, July 20
Albemarle County School Board Will Hold Special Meeting on July 19
Four Albemarle County Schools Receive a Total of Eight Shannon Foundation Grants
ACPS Completes Appointments of 14 Assistant Principals as 2018-19 School Year Begins
Dr. Pam Moran Named Executive Director of Statewide Education Professional Development Consortium
 

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